2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Monterey Trip Impressions
August 25, 2011
I like the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. My wife likes it, too. After a weekend jaunt to Monterey we both came away thinking that one of these just might get the nod as the replacement for our trusty minivan, a car we've grown weary of as our need for three-row seating and mondo cargo space tapers off.
Yes, I know it has the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but it turns out we had no qualms about the available power. It's no overt speed demon, but there's more than enough here for it to comfortably get out of its own way and deal with traffic. Besides, my won't be flogging it like a track car anyway. And there is a little edge to it; its handling is composed and engaging and the ride is comfortable yet well-controlled. A limp fish this ain't.
The most glaring omission in my book is a 6-speed automatic transmission; the wide spacing between the cogs in this 5-speed box are readily apparent. The smaller steps afforded by another gear would go a long way towards improving the driveability of the four banger by reducing the drama when it kicks down and making overall power delivery more seamless.
As it stands, the inline-4 does fairly well at the gas pump. Rated at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway), our trip average was 28.8 mpg. Our best highway tank was 32.2 mpg, and that included 70-75 mph freeway speeds and a trip up and over 4,160-foot Tejon pass.
There's enough space, it looks nice inside, the heated front seats are actually comfortable for my wife (a rare thing), and the Tech package has everything we want.
At $34,610 a new one with the Tech package costs a tad more than I want to spend. I'm on the lookout for a used one coming off lease.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,829 miles